I’m constantly trying to find ways to reduce our spending so we can increase our savings. Money saving apps are definitely part of my strategy, so today I’m sharing 3 Smart Phone Apps That Save Money Fast.
Shopping apps, however, save you money immediately on items you’re already purchasing, which you can then add to your savings account at the end of the month. I have an entire list of my most recommended money saving apps HERE. (Be sure to sign up for Ibotta to get your $10 bonus cash just for signing up!)
Today I want to share three apps that help you to save money quickly.
You’ve probably heard about Ebates, a crazy easy way to get a cash rebate on almost all of your online shopping. It’s completely free and so simple to use! You simply enter the online store from Ebates and then a percentage of your purchase (between 2% and 30%) gets returned to you by Ebates.
But does it really work?
The photo you see above is my first-ever Ebates check which arrived in the mail just a few weeks after a purchase I made.
So how do I get cash back?
Search for the online store where you want to shop like “Amazon” or “Target”, then you will see the percentage of cash back you will receive from that store.
Next, click the “shop now” button which will take you directly to the store where you can shop as you normally would. Then a few weeks later you will receive a check in the mail for your accumulated cash.
To make things even easier, I installed the browser button so every time I shop online Ebates adds a tiny popup in the top right of my computer screen to let me know that cash back is available.
To make more, try this trick.
If you want to make even more money, let your Ebates earnings add up all year, cash out in November and then order all of your Christmas presents online using Ebates so you are earning cash back on your cashback earnings. Brilliant, right?
Even if you are an irregular online shopper, why not get free money for almost no effort on your part for the few purchases you make.
Right now, when you sign up you can get $10 Welcome cash when you spend $25 through Ebates.
Click HERE to sign up for an Ebates account and get $10 Welcome Cash.
(Canadian readers sign up HERE.)
Last week I was shopping in Walmart for school supplies and a friend shared her secret shopping weapon with me.
It’s a new app called Flipp with flyers for your local stores that you can use for your weekly shopping. Flipp matches local flyer deals with coupons to bring you the most savings, and even offers a super convenient shopping list feature that helps you stay organized while you’re shopping.
You can search flyer deals and coupons by item, brand or category to quickly find the best deals each week and make saving money super easy. You can also add loyalty cards from your favorite stores then clip coupon deals to your card for instant savings at checkout.
You can find flyers from over 800 retailers including Walmart, Target, Dollar General, Walgreens, Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, The Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Shoppers Drug Mart, Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, CVS, JCPenney, Best Buy, and Lowe’s.
Plenti is a free rewards program that lets you earn points in one place and use them at another, all with a single card. Earn points at Plenti partners like AT&T, Exxon, Macy’s, Mobil, Nationwide, and Rite Aid.
How do I earn points?
Earn points by shopping or doing business with companies that participate in Plenti points by linking accounts for those businesses. Point values vary.
At AT&T you can earn 1 Plenti point per $2 spent on eligible devices, accessories, and other products at att.com or at participating AT&T company-owned locations plus 50 Plenti points per month for each eligible wireless line for which you have paperless billing and autopay.
At Rite-Aid you can earn Plenti points on rotating product offers plus receive special pricing and store-wide discounts.
Where can you use Plenti points?
You can use them to pay for part of your purchases at Exxon, Macy’s, Mobil, and Rite Aid whenever you check out. Just swipe your card, or input your card number or phone at the checkout and you can apply your points to pay for part of your purchase.
Is it worth the hassle?
If you shop at Rite Aid or Macy’s a lot and use their rewards program already, then you will get even more savings with Plenti. The Rite Aid offers can save you even more than regular coupons.
For the gas stations, it’s probably not worth the hassle. You only earn one point for a gallon of gas, so you’ll save about ten cents on a typical fill up.
By the way, make sure that you are signing up for the Plenti Rewards Card, not the American Express Plenti Credit Card.
Register for Plenti here.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to find links for the app.
You can see my other most recommended money saving apps HERE.
What are your fave money-saving apps? Leave a comment and let me know.
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